Discover The Best Things To Do In Covent Garden With Our Map

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Covent Garden has recently undergone a bit of a renaissance from tired tourist trap to become THE destination district in London.

With the best bars, restaurants and shops now flocking to open there, the area has seen an injection of independent energy that has transformed it beyond all recognition, even seasoned Londoners might be hard-pressed to name all the latest places to go.

So with this in mind, we have put together a map to help you find the best places to eat, sleep, play and stay and allow you to impress family and friends alike with your in-depth knowledge of the area.

Covent Garden map

Planning a day there?

We have picked the best places to start the day off with a spot of breakfast and that all-important caffeine injection.

Spot of lunch? No problem, from quick bites to luxurious long lunches, we have picked our favourite places to stop at and refuel.

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The bacon naan at Dishoom

Notes: Website and Twitter – Coffee shop and licensed cafe

Monmouth Coffee: Website – Serves exceptional coffee

Dishoom: Website and Twitter – Indian brasserie

MEATmarket: Website and Facebook – Funky fast food

Kopapa: Website and Twitter – Kiwi-inspired cuisine

SNOG: Website and Twitter – Frozen yoghurt place

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Alfresco dining at Kopapa

Covent Garden… retail paradise

Shopping in Covent Garden is now no longer just about the market, but instead it has become a much-loved retail paradise, with a variety of original and independent outlets, high-end brands and high street stores competing side-by-side.

While it gets really busy for Christmas shopping we hope our suggestions will help make the most of all this magical place has to offer all-year-round.

We have already lined you up several shops to get you started.

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Cambridge Satchel Company

Sugar Sin: Website and Twitter – Swedish-inspired sweets

Stanfords: Website and Twitter – Maps, maps and more maps

Hope and Greenwood: Website and Twitter – Old-fashioned sweet shop

Tatty Devine: Website and Twitter – Cutting edge British jewellery

The Cambridge Satchel Company: Website and Twitter – Colourful British designer bags

Drinking in Covent Garden

Fancy a cheeky cocktail or a glass or fizz. Maybe real ale or bespoke Belgian beer is more your thing.

We have chosen our pick of the pubs, wine bars and cocktail places to keep you suitably refreshed on your trip.

The Covent Garden Cocktail Club

The Covent Garden Cocktail Club

BYOC: Website and Twitter – Speakeasy where you supply the liquor

Covent Garden Cocktail Club: Website and Twitter – Members-only underground cocktail place

La Perla: Website and Facebook – Mexican-themed cocktail bar – top margaritas.

Lowlander: Website and Twitter – Gastro pub with Belgian and Dutch ales

Covent Garden Hotel Website and Twitter – Classic hotel cocktail bar

Christopher's in Covent Garden

Christopher’s in Covent Garden

Christopher’s Website and Twitter – Stylish champagne and cocktail bar (with a restaurant)

Foundation Bar: Website and Twitter – Cool cocktail bar

The Harp: Website and Twitter – Traditional pub

Lamb & Flag: Website and Facebook – One of the oldest pubs in the area

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The Lamb & Flag

Porterhouse: Website – Large Irish-influenced pub

Terroirs: Website and Twitter – French wine bar

Maple Leaf: Website and Twitter – Canadian pub

Good Godfreys at The Waldorf: Website and Twitter – Classy cocktail bar in a 5* hotel

One Aldwych: Website and Twitter – High-end cocktail bar

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Charlie Cocktail at One Aldwych – Lobby Bar

Late night bars and clubs in Covent Garden

These are the places to go when someone says “one for the road”.

Freud: Website – Late night underground cocktail bar

Dirty Martini: Website and Twitter – Cocktails into the small hours

Circus: Website and Twitter – Cabaret, cocktails and dinner

Roadhouse: Website and Twitter – Cocktail bar and night club

Cellar Door: Website and Twitter – Cocktail bar and night club

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Cellar Door

Eating in Covent Garden

Whatever the reason for your visit, from first dates to catching up with old friends, we have come up with somewhere you can go and dine.

Hawksmoor: Website and Twitter – Great for steak

Pix Pintos: Website – Tapas

Mon Plaisir: Website and TwitterLondon’s oldest French rrestaurant

Clos Maggiore: Website and Twitter – One of London’s most romantic restaurants

Polpo: Website and Twitter – Sharing plates

Balthazar

Balthazar

Balthazar: Website and Twitter – American fine dining restaurant

Rules: Website and TwitterLondon’s oldest restaurant

Pre and post theatre places to eat in Covent Garden

Perhaps you are visiting the theatre? Well you are probably going to need a pre-theatre dinner. We have found some great places to get you in the West End mood, without panicking as to whether you will be fed on time.

Joe Allen: Website and Twitter – Timeless American style Covent Garden restaurant

Mishkins: Website and Twitter – A non-kosher American Jewish deli

Cafe Des Amis: Website and Twitter – French cuisine

Cafe Pacifico: Website and Twitter – Mexican family-friendly restaurant

See a West End theatre show in Covent Garden

Matilda

Matilda

You are right in the heart of Theatreland and you’re not going to be more than five minutes walk from a theatre.

Two of the most popular long-running family musicals are based in Covent Garden.

Go see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane or Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.

Staying there

Radio rooftop bar at ME London

Radio rooftop bar at ME London

The ME London and The Waldorf Hilton are just two of the five star hotels you can stay at in the heart of the city.

Get the latest deals on places to stay in Covent Garden to suit any budget.

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Covent Garden at Christmas

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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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